Books: Aid from the Enemy

THE SECRET SURRENDER by Allen Dulles. 268 pages. Harper & Row. $5.95.

Precisely at 2 o'clock on the afternoon of May 2, 1945, the men of 22 Nazi and six Italian Fascist divisions in northern Italy laid down their arms. The surprise mass surrender, which involved nearly 1,000,000 troops and led only days later to Germany's complete capitulation, could only have been engineered. It was, in fact, one of the most stunning triumphs in the history of secret wartime diplomacy. The Allies' Operation Sunrise was bossed principally by Allen Dulles, who was later to become director of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency.


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